Australian rugby league captain Greg Inglis has been banned for two upcoming test matches by the NRL, just a day after he was handed the leadership of the Kangaroos.
Inglis was arrested for speeding and drink driving on Monday afternoon as he returned from an indigenous football tournament in Dubbo in western NSW. The Souths star had a blood alcohol reading of 0.085 after police pulled him over for speeding at 2.15pm on Monday.
Under new laws introduced in NSW last week, Inglis automatically loses his licence for six months.
Earlier today Inglis pleaded to keep the captaincy, saying he’d spoken with NRL CEO Todd Greenberg, Australian coach Mal Meninga and Queensland coach Kevin Walters.
“I have been playing for 13 years and I have never had a criminal charge laid against me or anything like that. I just hope the NRL can work through this and I will obviously work with Souths as well, and we will go from there,” he said.
“We just have to go through the process and I am here today to say that I am very sorry and very sincere about what happened.”
Following an investigation by the NRL integrity unit, Inglis will miss Tests against New Zealand and Tonga, later this month, also losing the captaincy.
Roosters premiership player Boyd Cordner will replace him as captain while Souths player Dane Gagai replaces Inglis in the 19-man squad for the tests on October 13 and October 20 in New Zealand.
Greenberg said Inglis is one of the game’s “best role models”, but made a poor decision.
“It is a mark of the man that he has accepted responsibility for his actions and I have no doubt he will overcome this setback and retain his status as a true leader in our game,” he said.
Inglis released a statement in the wake of his ban saying: “I know I did the wrong thing and, while I am disappointed at missing the tour, I accept the penalty”.
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